Author Archives: Paul Mero

A win for public prayer, and freedom, at Supreme Court – Mero Moment, 5/13/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. In the May 5 U.S. Supreme Court decision City of Greece, New York v. Galloway, the court saved public prayers in legislative settings … Continue reading

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Read with caution: Why ‘The Law’ lacks context for today’s readers

I read The Law by Frédéric Bastiat in 1977, when I was 19 years old and attending a small college in North Texas. The Law, along with other writings on liberty, had a profound effect on my intellectual development. Sutherland … Continue reading

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To understand YWCA’s report on Utah women, read it backward – Mero Moment, 5/6/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) was established in the United States just prior to the Civil War and just around the time … Continue reading

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Utah’s ‘inner rings’: the healthy and the sinister – Mero Moment, 4/29/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. During the Memorial Lecture at King’s College in 1944, famed Christian apologist C.S. Lewis delivered remarks titled “The Inner Ring.” His purpose was … Continue reading

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Sorry, this is not ‘Jim Crow’ – Mero Moment, 4/22/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. During the recent oral arguments before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the marriage laws of Utah and Oklahoma, Judge Jerome Holmes, … Continue reading

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Bundy family: Right issue, wrong argument – Mero Moment, 4/15/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Cliven Bundy’s family roots in Nevada stretch back to the 1880s but his awkward articulation of constitutional rights and federalism are hurting his … Continue reading

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Who’s next to be ‘Eiched’? – Mero Moment, 4/8/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Here is a name you won’t soon forget: Brendan Eich. Like so many other success stories out of Silicon Valley, Brendan Eich is … Continue reading

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Behind the Legislative Scorecard – Mero Moment, 4/1/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. About 10 years ago, when Sutherland Institute made it a part of our mission to “constructively influence Utah’s decision makers,” we were very … Continue reading

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Why Herbert should veto preschool bill – Mero Moment, 3/25/14

Most people know that Barack Obama has been pushing for universal health care since his initial campaign in 2008. But did you know that universal preschool has been on his implementation list for just as long? The “Preschool for All” … Continue reading

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Learning the delicate dance of candor and civility – Mero Moment, 3/18/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Ten years ago this month Sutherland Institute finalized plans for a very unique project in Utah politics. It was 10 years ago that … Continue reading

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Election solution may be a Pyrrhic victory – Mero Moment, 3/11/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. (Scroll down for podcast.) As the legislative version of the Count My Vote initiative is signed into law, we should reflect on its … Continue reading

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Politics in Utah needs more integrity, less emotion – Mero Moment, 3/4/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. (Scroll down for podcast.) Speaking of my role as president of Sutherland Institute, a very dear friend of mine has told me more … Continue reading

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Private lives and public policy

A note to members of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives from Paul Mero, president of Sutherland Institute: As I write this, I recognize I’m addressing a diverse audience. I recognize some legislators know me well, even personally. Other … Continue reading

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Time to say no to the real bigots

Evidently when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer needs an excuse to veto a bill, any excuse will do. As Brewer vetoed SB 1062, a state religious freedom restoration bill modeled after federal law, she settled on a single message: Arizona doesn’t … Continue reading

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Using public policy to cover a multitude of sins

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Sutherland Institute recently released a statement in support of the state Legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and how it’s choosing instead … Continue reading

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